The purpose of the COVID-19 Response Unit is to guide and support the local government sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of the COVID-19 Response Unit is on supporting the sector in its response to the pandemic.

Taituarā has worked to deliver this in coordination with the Department of Internal Affairs, Local Government New Zealand, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s policy advisory group.

To date the COVID-19 Response Unit has provided guidance to the sector on finance and recovery, governance, PPE for non-health essential workers, and drinking and wastewater. Work streams have been established for essential services, governance, finance and recovery, social well-being and project management.

Further information from the COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

For further information contact Karen Thomas.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 LG Discussion Group

To keep up to date with this guidance and advice, staff of councils and council-controlled organisations are encouraged to join the Taituarā COVID-19 online discussion group.

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Visit the Local Government COVID-19 Response Unit

The Department of Internal Affairs is providing support to enable councils to continue to function effectively during the current Alert Level 4 lockdown. This includes ensuring they can make necessary decisions and meet their legislative and regulatory requirements, and carry out essential services operations, during the COVID-19 response period.

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